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Franschhoek Guided Hike

Mont Rochelle in Cape Town by Cape Mountain Guides


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The circular Perdekop Trail rises 850m from its starting point to peak halfway at Perdekop, 1 575m. Perdekop is the highest point in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. This route description assumes a clockwise hike but the trail can also be hiked in an anticlockwise direction.

we will start off at the entry gate, go past Breakfast Rock and carry on towards Uitkyk. About 2.7km from the entry gate the Perdekop Trail branches off right towards the east of the Uitkyk Trail (elevation 1 108m). The footpath continues in a general easterly direction, climbing steadily (+/- 180m) in the first kilometre.

For the next 2km the footpath swings in a north-easterly direction, then northerly and north-easterly. Along this sector superb panoramic views of the Wemmershoek valley and surrounding cliffs can be seen. To the west Table Mountain is visible on a clear day.

The footpath then swings eastward, crossing a small stream and passing the turn-off to the return route elevation 1 488m). Perdekop Peak (elevation 1 575m) is about 4.3km from the Uitkyk turnoff. It is marked by a large stone cairn.

From Perdekop Peak the footpath steadily descends in a southerly, south-westerly direction. The last stretch includes a very steep descent into the Du Toit’s River gorge, and a steep climb back up. From there it is a short walk back to the gate.

Difficulty: Moderate Mont Rochelle Hike Duration: 3.5 - 4 hours Hike Distance: About 13 km / 8 miles



4 hours


Seven days a week, year-round, subject to availability.


Start and End point: Lanzerac Wine Farm, Stellenbosch


The weather on Mont Rochelle can change in an instant so a light mid-layer and a rain jacket will ensure that you stay dry and warm if we find our selves in between the clouds.

What to Wear:

Well supportive closed-toe walking shoes with good grip are a must. Mont Rochelle does experience very hot days in the summer and a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water will be needed. A long sleeve button-up shirt with a collar provides great sun coverage.

Things to bring:

Hiking will make you peckish so bringing a snack for the way up is always a good idea

Guests or Spectators:

No guests allowed, full rate applies to all



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